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Health First: Why we need to reopen Fitness ASAP

We are walking into a national disaster for health and fitness. Gyms being closed is more than just a short-term problem. We will be feeling the effect of this as a nation for years to come. For a month or two, this approach made sense, but 10 months since the first lockdown in the UK, it’s now time to consider the bigger picture, in particular with regards to general health and fitness. For millions of people, gyms are more than just somewhere to exercise. They’re the “third space”- the place people use to focus on themselves, and to “feel good”. We can’t...

Powerful habits for wellbeing

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.” -Octavia Butler   Staying ahead in the many areas of life can be a lot to manage if you don't have the discipline to do the simple things every single day. We all have habits whether we are aware of them or not and your daily habits matter. Why? Because you cannot rely on motivation to always be there. When motivation fails, we must rely on our habits to carry us through and keep us on track. Accomplishing great things involves consistently doing the right things over...

Top tips to manage stress eating!

Stress eating and/or emotional eating is a term all too familiar to most of us. A term that often when brought up, almost everyone in the room agrees to have struggled or to struggle with it as if it was completely normal. Stress eating is not normal- it is extremely common, but it is not normal or healthy and it is important that we talk about it. So why do we eat when we are stressed or facing difficult emotions? Because for most of us, food offers comfort. Unfortunately, it is the unhealthy foods ie. those dense in processed sugars, fats...

Calories and energy balance: It’s simple, right?

Calories in, Calories out. How many times have you seen this on your social media recently as the holy grail of nutrition? The only thing you need to consider. Generally, this is talking fat loss, and although the message is wholly accurate, it can also be pretty misleading- even harmful if not fully understood. So, here’s something for athlete’s, coaches and gym goers to try to cover some of the key considerations when we’re talking energy balance.   First off, what is energy balance? Energy balance is a simple concept. If energy in (Calories we consume) exactly meets energy out (Calories we burn),...

Should we all train like athletes?

Athletes are often the pinnacle of physique and performance. When you want to get really good at something, people will tell you to “look at what the best people at that are doing”. More often than not, people who have achieved success tend to do a lot of things right. So, in context of the post, athletes tend to be the people who we look at for our physical goals. Want to be leaner? Faster? Stronger? Surely this is a good starting point: do what they do? You’d be right, and also very wrong, all at once. For me as a strength and...

Building Mindset and Creating Motivation for your fitness goals

Building the right mindset and taking control of your motivation are crucial steps to achieve your fitness goals. Long term, success comes down to not only having the right plan, but making sure you develop the right mindset to move forward. The route to your fitness goals will include slip ups, stumbles, and days where you really aren’t feeling it. THAT’S OK! Your plan won’t be perfect, your progress won’t be linear, and quite honestly, regardless of commitment, you can’t control everything. You need to be comfortable with periods where you feel less motivated, and work to build this back up (I’ll...

Setting goals for fat loss! Map your journey to guarantee success!

Setting the right goals can be crucial to your fat loss success. Can you think of anything more important on your fitness journey than knowing exactly what you want to achieve, and having a realistic plan to get there? This is the foundation of success for fitness and fat loss, and yet time and time again, people set off down a road that will at best take then “the long way”, and at worst, set them further away from their goals than ever! I'll level with you, this is a little longer than usual, simply because I wanted to cover a...

Weighing in on weigh ins for fat loss success!

What you need to understand about your weigh ins to guarantee fat loss success! Weigh ins can be one of the most valuable tools on your journey for fat loss. There’s no doubt about how useful they can be, and how much they can help your progress when used correctly. In fact, for fat loss plans, you’d struggle to argue that overall, they don’t add huge benefits to the plan, and allow a level of monitoring that can have a huge impact on overall success. Why then do people still dread the scale? Unfortunately, without understanding the basics of weigh ins, they can...

6 fat loss habits for a healthier, fitter and leaner you!

This post, 6 fat loss habits, could change your life. I honestly believe that. Because everything discussed here, in just a few minutes of reading, has changed people lives. We’ve seen it over and over again. All you need to do, is read on, and apply the concepts. How would you feel if you were able to get healthier, fitter, and leaner, by following 6 simple habits. Of course, it’s context dependent. Individuals will need different approaches. And long term, monitoring and adapting this will be crucial. But for improving health and fitness (for most people generally- this is not to diagnose or...

The RIGHT way to get back in the Gym!

It’s almost time to get back in the gym! Here’s what you need to know to make awesome progress over the coming months..   It’s almost time. After some hard months of home workouts, one-person garden parties on a Tuesday, and living in a mild form of chaos, we’re almost back at it! As the nation starts to return to higher levels of normality, there’s one thing that WE can’t wait for. Getting back in the gym! If you have a good gym, you know exactly what I mean. Regardless of how great your home workouts have been, they’re not the same. The...

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